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Custom BBC News Studios

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C.Channel04 Anglia (East) Look East
So, around June, this year, I had gotten into the old branding of BBC News, thanks to watching - and looping - some YouTube videos, and how the Newsroom looked back then, before the move to Broadcasting House. Whilst watching a video of the 2004-6 opening of the News at Six, my mind suddenly had a brainwave: what if I recreated the studio seen in said opening, making the best of a software that offers less tools than PowerPoint? I've done some studio remakes before, namely the North West Tonight studio (in its red colour livery), in Slides, so maybe I should attempt to do the same...?

My mind immediately set to work, screenshotting the studio, placing it into a new presentation, and working from there. I put all the shapes needed onto the screenshot itself, adjusting it to match what was on the picture, and working my way around some of them (so, the TV screen was made using the Freeform tools, and the covering over the desk's cylinder, and the cylinder itself, was angled to roughly around 356 degrees.
I used a colour drop extension on Chrome to get the colours for most of the studio, bar the floor, which isn't wood-like, but rather, an entirely new shape, with a gradient to mock the look of typical metallic-style flooring.

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So, the idea for this shot, and the following one...

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...is that the platform where the desk sits on can rotate to a certain angle, maybe roughly 45 to 90 degrees, so you can either get a shot of the reporter behind the digital view of behind the Newsroom, or behind the display screen. (They are coloured green in the main shot photo, because you can't insert photos to custom shapes in Slides, annoyingly...)

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This variation is for Nighttime bulletins (say, News at Ten, or throughout the night on the BBC News Channel) - it's darkened, to kind-of represent the skies, although, in reality, there would be more lighting on the reporter, so it's not deemed too dark. I looked at the colours of the Newsroom nowadays, at night, and I colour dropped most of the colours of the custom Nighttime variant from the video I watched of the modern Newsroom.

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Having made the first studio, I had another brainwave, because of the edge of the studio is open...
"There must be surely something on the other side??", I thought.
So, I decided to make an answer to that...

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What you see here is a custom idea, but with the same layout as the studio before it, and slightly changed colour scheme - a custom BBC News Channel studio, with a reference to the old BBC Two clock used between 1991-2001, and the old name of the Channel, of course, BBC News 24.
The reds are more prominent, and brighter, and so is the area behind the display screen, where you'd see the backdrop of behind the Newsroom.

Making this studio was probably easier than constructing the previous one - I basically flipped everything around at once, but made the platform and desk larger, which would make more space for an extra seat, if there were two reporters on the same programme, as well as guests. 😂

Other than that, the variations are relatively the same: the platform can rotate to give the cameras different shots, if wanted, and there is also a Nighttime variant for throughout-the-night coverage.

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In all, it took me around twenty-five to thirty minutes to create the main studio, although I have gone back to it, occasionally, over time, to fix up some details, or correct some errors, and I've done the same for the News Channel studio.
I am actually quite excited that I'm sharing my work to you all, and I hope you enjoy the work that I have done. I will also be happy to take any comments on board... 😁
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seamus
This is interesting, welcome! I'd be fascinated to see what you could do with a free 3D design software like Sketchup.
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C.Channel04 Anglia (East) Look East
This is interesting, welcome! I'd be fascinated to see what you could do with a free 3D design software like Sketchup.

...The thing is, I have a Chromebook, which has Chrome OS, obviously, and there isn't the option to download some of the applications for Chrome OS, only Windows or Mac, which is rather irritating. The only thing that is available is an web browser version of it, and even then, I'm unfamiliar with all of the tools. As well as that, there are also subscriptions which cost money, and I'm not that willing to spend whatever the equivalent USD cost is...

One of my online friends and I have said, as well, "Why fork out for 3D design software when you can have PowerPoint and/or Slides?", because you don't really have to pay much money/pay nothing at all for it, and I'm lucky that I can use the limited tools I have on Slides to make more than just presentations for school.

But still, thanks for your response, anyway! 😁
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rob Founding member Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Considering the fact that you're limited in what you can do, these aren't too bad.
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AlfieMulcahy Meridian (South East) South East Today
This is interesting, welcome! I'd be fascinated to see what you could do with a free 3D design software like Sketchup.

...The thing is, I have a Chromebook, which has Chrome OS, obviously, and there isn't the option to download some of the applications for Chrome OS, only Windows or Mac, which is rather irritating. The only thing that is available is an web browser version of it, and even then, I'm unfamiliar with all of the tools. As well as that, there are also subscriptions which cost money, and I'm not that willing to spend whatever the equivalent USD cost is...

One of my online friends and I have said, as well, "Why fork out for 3D design software when you can have PowerPoint and/or Slides?", because you don't really have to pay much money/pay nothing at all for it, and I'm lucky that I can use the limited tools I have on Slides to make more than just presentations for school.

But still, thanks for your response, anyway! 😁


I find slides is excellent. Good job getting it to produce this though
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JetixFann450 Central Reporting Scotland
These are very impressive and definitely show how you can easily do something 3D-centric on a 2D program. Good job!
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